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Local crack dealer sentenced to 90 months

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 7:20 AM

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An Iowa City man was sentenced Thursday to 90 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, according to a release from the Iowa Department of Justice.

On March 10, Antonio Murray, 22, entered a guilty plea in federal court to conspiring to distribute at least 280 grams of crack cocaine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Law-enforcement officials conducted an investigation into a drug-trafficking organization in Iowa City in the summer of 2010, identifying Murray as a distributor of crack. Using a confidential informant, officers organized the purchase of crack several times. Murray personally distributed more than 60 grams of crack during the investigation.

The investigation was conducted by the Johnson County Drug Task Force, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Iowa City police, according to the release.

In addition to 90 months imprisonment, Murray is ordered to serve five years of supervised release after his sentence has been served. He is also required to pay $200 to the Crime Victims Fund.

— by Matt Starns


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